Menu Plan Monday and OWIE!!!!!!

A few months ago I had a horrible pain in my neck (and no, there were no design clients involved, ha!) that got to be so painful and debilitating that I went to the doctor. He somehow convinced me to let him give me a bee venom injection. Now you have to understand one thing. I don’t do needles. Not unless I’m under duress or it promises to relieve the pain of childbirth. But this was so bad that I could hardly move and I was desperate. It was not a pleasant experience, the injection, but it worked so I was grateful. Every since, I have lived in mortal fear of having to endure that torture again.

Guess who woke up this morning with the exact same pain in her neck? Evidently this is an equal opportunity neck pain because this time it has occurred on the other side.

So now I have to decide. Do I go to the doctor and beg for another injection? Or do I suffer it out?


In other news, I need to start meal planning again or my poor family may revolt. It’s just not fun around here when mommy doesn’t meal plan. I don’t know how I flew by the seat of my pants for so many years. I guess I didn’t eat as much “real food” and I certainly wasn’t avoiding the most convenient of the major food groups. At any rate, these days, meal planning is crucial to having a decent meal on the table at a reasonable hour, so meal planning is what I shall do.

I’m not feeling particularly motivated this morning, although I did just look over Kelly’s Monday Menu Plan Plus What I Ate Last Week for inspiration. She’s doing a Weight Loss & Wellness Adventure that focuses on a real food diet high in fats, protein, and veggies and low in carbs and sugar, if you want to follow along.

Okay, I’ve procrastinated long enough, I believe.  Let’s see what I can come up with.

Menu Plan Monday

MONDAY: Pot Roast with carrots and potatoes.

I have a bolar roast in my freezer from the cow I bought last fall. I have no idea what a bolar roast is or what to do with it, so every time I go to my freezer to find meat for dinner, I look at it, move it out of the way, and select something I’m familiar with. Well, we are down to ground beef and the bolar roasts so I decided it’s time to figure out what to do with it.

According to eHow, the bolar roast is most popularly used for pot roast.

Well, I suppose I can handle that. What a shame I passed over the poor bolar for so long. Our family loves pot roast. I have a box of gluten-free all purpose flour from King Arthur brand that I keep on hand for gravies and sauces so I can enjoy those too!

TUESDAY: Brined and roasted turkey with stuffing (I’m using Udi’s gluten-free whole grain bread; I sat and watched my family eat homemade stuffing twice over the holidays, so I’m going to make some that I can have!) and mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli.

WEDNESDAY: I think I’ll try Kelly’s Sausage Balls and throw some seasonal veggies in the oven to go with it.

THURSDAY: Leftover turkey dinner.

FRIDAY: If I can get to the farm for more boneless chicken breasts, I’d like to try Kelly’s Cheesy Pesto Chicken with seasonal veggies.  If not, I’ll fry up some burgers.

SATURDAY: Assorted leftovers.

Okay, so that much is done.  Now I just have to make a grocery list and power through the neck pain to go shopping and prepare dinner.

What are you having for dinner this week?

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